What sort of storms are coming toward the church?
Then a generational tornado and a financial tornado are another two major storms hitting the church. “We need to be a weather-watching people,” said pastor Aviles, and try to make sure we get out of the storm quicker. “God took 70 years to bring the people of Israel back to him from exile … How long will the CRC be in this storm? It’s going to get worse before it gets better.”
Dr. Anthony Carter said that a lack of diversity is based in fear. “Fear amongst majority culture that if diversity happens, they will lose the blessing.” His African American congregation is getting more and more White and Hispanic, and they are starting to be unafraid that their favorite songs and their preaching style is going to change. When we are afraid we start to be violent.
Rev. Charles Kim, Korean ministries coordinator for the CRC, talked about boldness in being God’s solution to a storm, allowing God to be powerfully manifested among us. We must let our service, our generosity in helping the hungry and the needy means that we are not afraid to share God with the community and to love the neighbor in his name.